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Trekking to Bale Mountains National Park

JS 7

HomeTrekking to Bale Mountains National Park

Tour Code: JS7

Tour Title: Trekking to Bale Mountains National Park

Focus: Trekking, Site Seeing, Nature, Landscape, Scenic, Wildlife, Culture

Duration 10 Days/ 9 Nights

Mode of transport: Surface/Trekking

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival Addis Ababa- City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by our guide/representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis. Which includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel

Day 2: Addis– Dinsho 

After breakfast, drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley en-route enjoying the beautiful Rift Valley Lakes and the spectacular mountain scenery. The rest of the day, walk around the Juniper forest around the park headquarter and explore the area where high concentration of the Bale Mountains Nayal, Minilik Bush Buck and other mammals are found. Overnight camping

Day 3: Dinsho- Geysay Valley- Dinsho

Trekking hours: 5- 6 hours

Trek to Geysay Valley, to the northerly extension of the park. Here, while trekking in the indigenous forest, it’s possible to spot the endemic Minilik Bush Buck and Mountain Nyala and other mammals including the endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight camping

Day 4: Dinsho – Weib Valleys- FinchaAbera 

Trekking hours: 5- 6 hours

Trek and pass through the stunning Weib Valley and the finally reach at the beautiful waterfall of FinchaAbera. Overnight camping

Day 5: FinchaAbera- Merero- Wasmea 

Trekking hours: 7- 8 hours

Trek beneath the peaks of Merero; see and taste the strange mineral springs before making the steep ascent out of the head of the valley onto the Sanette Plateau. Overnight camping

Day 6: Wasama Valley – Batu – GarbaGuracha 

Trekking hours: 8- 9 hours

Climb Batu (4203 m), and then trek on across the arms of the Batu horseshoe, to camp beside lovely GarbaGuracha Lake-set beneath towering cliffs in the head of the Tegona Valley. Overnight camping

Day 7: GarbaGuracha – Sanetti Plateau- Goba 

Trekking hours: 5- 6 hours

Trek to the highest peak in the Bale Mountains, TulluDeemtu (4377m, 14357ft) which is part of the Sanetti Plateau. The vistas are simply unbelievable and so photogenic. Here you will find small alpine lakes and typical afro-alpine vegetation that includes the Giant Lobelia and shrubs such as ‘Everlasting’. Vistas reach out to the strange pinnacles of Chorchora Peak and across the sheer-sided Tegona River Gorge. There are views to the steep-sided volcanic plug of Konteh Tullu and the long, craggy ridges of Mount Batu. The car will meet us here and drive us down to Goba town and overnight in hotel

Day 8: Drive to Harena Forest- Bale Lodge

Breakfast in hotel. Drive to the southern part of the park to Harena Forest. Arrival & check in at Bale Lodge. Hike inside Harenna Forest, one of the few remaining natural forests in the country. The Harenna Forest is known for its mammals, amphibians and birds, including many endemic species. The Harenna Forest was once habitat to packs of the endangered Painted Hunting Dog, Lycaonpictus. Overnight in Bale Lodge.

Day 9: Drive to Langano- Abyata-Shala National Park

Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Langano. Lunch Break.Arrival at Langano. Check into hotel. Afternoon, drive and visit Abyata- Shala National Park, famous for wildlife & birds. Overnight in a lodge in Lanagano.

Day 10: Drive to Addis Ababa- Departure

Breakfast in the hotel.Time at leisure for a walk on the shore of Lake Langano, one the rift valley lakes in Ethiopia and safe to swim. Drive to Addis Ababa (175 Km from Langaono). Stop over atBishoftu for lunch break near one of the lakes in the area. Proceed to Addis Ababa.

Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel for day use and refreshment. Leisure and shopping time. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where your tour ends.

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